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Daniel W. Voorhees letters

 Collection — Folder: S1343
Identifier: S1343

Scope and Contents

The two letters in this collection were written in ink and signed by D. W. Voorhees. The oldest letter, dated June 20, 1860, was written to Colonel Richard W. Thompson in Washington, D.C. about Daniel's trip to the nation's capital. He wrote: "I start tomorrow to Charlottesville, Va. I will spend some time on the way and will reach there on Saturday the 30th, and one of the chief pleasures I anticipate is in meeting you and George Hughes according to promise. I do wish you will come. I am invited to all sorts of [illegible] and told to bring my friends, amongst whom I am always glad to remember you. Folks all well and I am in haste. Expecting to see you. I am as ever your friend D. W. Voorhees."

The second letter is dated November 12, 1873, and is written to James C. Drury, Attorney General of Indiana. Mr. Voorhees told Mr. Drury that he employed an artist to paint a portrait of James Hughes, which hung in the Indiana State Library, and which now he would like to give to the Hughes family. Mr. Drury wrote to Ms. Sarah A. Oren, State Librarian, on the same piece of paper, telling her that he thinks that the request of Mr. Voorhees should be granted and that he has referred the matter to the Governor.


  • 1860, 1873


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Daniel Wolsey Voorhees was born on September 26, 1827, in Liberty Township, Butler County, Ohio. His family moved to Indiana when he was a child. In 1849, Daniel graduated from Indiana Asbury (DePauw) University. After studying law, he was admitted to the Bar in 1851. He practiced law first in Covington and then Terre Haute. From 1858 to 1861, Mr. Voorhees served as U.S. District Attorney. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served from 1861 to 1866, and again from 1869 to 1873. From 1877 to 1897, we was in the U.S. Senate, where he was chairman of the Committee on the Library (46th Congress) and the Committee on Finance (53rd Congress). Mr. Voorhees was a Democrat. He died on April 10, 1897, shortly after leaving the Senate.


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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Indiana Division during 1932/09/23.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2018/05/03 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Daniel W. Voorhees Letter
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.